22 May 2020

PNG govt to build modern hospitals in provinces

10:18 am on 22 May 2020

Papua New Guinea's government will begin to build modern hospitals in the 22 provinces and one major upgraded referral Hospital in Port Moresby.

The work is to begin next year and go into 2025 when the country celebrates 50 years of Independence.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape updates media on the countries covid-19 response. 8 April, 2020.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape. Photo: PNG PM Media

Prime Minister James Marape said work will begin on three to four provincial hospitals.

He asked Provincial administrators to take a stock take of the health and education services in their provinces.

Mr Marape said his government is all about decentralisation.

"We are a country of huge diversity and the government has a new generation of leaders who want to grow the provinces and I urge you all to think big, plan for the provinces and we will assist."

He said funds are now being sent to the provinces and this will continue with the aim of building capacity and systems in the regions.